CA CA - Farren Stanberry, 18, San Francisco, 24 April 1980

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  1. taramarie

    taramarie Member

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    This is an odd case - it seems like he knew that something was about to happen to him:

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/stanberry_farren.html

    I've done a cursory search through the doe network, what do you think about this:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase862.html

    The eye color doesn't match and it doesn't say if Farren had an earring (although he could have gotten his ear pierced after he left home), but it looks like it could match up otherwise. I'll keep looking, but I just wanted to start a thread for him.
     
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  3. Sporky

    Sporky The fork is mightier than the spoon.

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    If that is him it would be creepy since the date the UID was found was Charlie's birthday.
     
  4. taramarie

    taramarie Member

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    I didn't even notice that. That would be creepy.
     
  5. taramarie

    taramarie Member

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    I just noticed that I made a serious typo in the title of the thread - His name is Farren, not Charlie (I was looking at the Charley network and must have had that stuck in my head.) Is there any way to change this?
     
  6. Sporky

    Sporky The fork is mightier than the spoon.

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    I think you will have to PM a Mod.
     
  7. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    http://doenetwork.org/cases/931dmca.html

    Just after Stanberry's 18th birthday, in 1979, Farren told his grandmother and his aunt that he wanted to see the world. He jumped on a Greyhound with his backpack and took it to the East Coast. Every week he would call his grandmother to check in with her.
    After about nine months in 1980 he called from San Francisco saying he like it there, he was living with a group of young men at the "International Hotel" in San Francisco. At the time he had lost his job and needed money. That was the last time the family heard from him.

    After a few weeks of silence, the family called the hotel in San Francisco and found out he had not paid his bill, and he'd just left his things behind.


    I wonder if they know who the young men were that he was staying with.

    Did they all leave the hotel, or just him?

    Strangely, when I googled the "International Hotel", I found this Wiki article:

    International Hotel (San Francisco) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The article states (in reference to the hotel):

    The final residents were evicted on August 4, 1977. In 1978, then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein created an International Hotel Citizens Advisory Committee, which was unable to break the deadlock between low-cost housing advocates and the property owner. The building stood empty while the fate of the site continued to be debated, but was finally demolished in 1981.

    So, they were living in a vacant, non-operational hotel, but the family was able to reach someone at the hotel who claimed he had left without paying his bill?

    I did a quick search and it looks like he has unclaimed property listed in the California Database, which lists his address as 1139 Market St, Apt 218. This is not the address of the International Hotel, which was at the corner of Jackson & Kearney.

    1139 Market St is now a Budget Inn, but I don't know what that address was then. I wonder if he had this Market St address before or after he was at the International Hotel?

    ETA: It looks like the Market Street address was once "National Hotel", maybe that is what they meant instead of International Hotel?
     
  8. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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  9. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    I am fairly convinced, based on the information contained in the link above, about the UID's, that sadly, one of the three compared in the article, the last one, is Farren.

    Satch
     
  10. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I am leaning in that direction too. I think the confusion between International Hotel and National Hotel may have caused LE to overlook the fact that the location was so nearby.

    I wish Farren was in NamUs.
     
  11. alllads

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    Today I emailed a contact at NamUS about the 3rd UID, and emailed someone at John Day Police Department about it too. With John Day PD, I also asked if they would consider listing Farren and any other missing persons on their books (can't imagine there are very many, the town has fewer than 2000 residents) on NamUS.
     
  12. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I emailed the San Francisco ME... hopefully one of the 3 contacts will respond...
     
  13. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Odyssey!

    Hopefully through their efforts they can actually get Ferren into the Nameus Database. Did you ask about just that last UID or all three that the author talked about at that link? Maybe this could help find some closure.

    The link with the new information made me very sad, because I think one of those three UID's is Ferren. The author claimed that he owned property nearby where the UID was found, that the UID had been there for a very long time.

    I don't know if Farren was gay or not. I think he could have entered into a journey to help people, and that could be why he wanted to "see the world." Tragically, if one of those UID is Farren, I sure hope he was not the victim of a hate crime.

    Satch
     
  14. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I only submitted the third one, I wasn't convinced enough of the other two.

    I don't generally point it out here, but it's kind of awkward for me to elaborate on this without telling you that the blog author is me. (Not that it's a secret, I just don't want to come across as self-promoting or anything)

    The first UID https://identifyus.org/en/cases/5866 (found in the water) is really iffy, because he was found on 5/30, and Farren was last heard from "in May or June". Without narrowing the date down to a date prior to 5/30, I just didn't think it was that promising...

    The second one https://identifyus.org/en/cases/5872 (found on the concrete outside a hotel window with the Eric Winston connection) seemed unlikely, since they found him in 1982 and he had just recently died... that would mean 2 years without contacting his family, after he left all his belongings behind at the hotel. I really thought the only way this one would be likely is if someone who knew him recognized the name Eric Winston.

    Just to clarify on the property he owned, it was about $47.00 that was turned over to the state by Wells Fargo, after they had no contact with him for a long time. Farren had it in a savings account, and now it is in the Unclaimed Property database, which gives Farren's last known address as 1139 Market St, Apt 218 (which was the National Hotel).

    I'm not sure if he was gay either - after his family learned that Farren had been visiting a gay man, Farren's grandmother is quoted in a news article as saying he may possibly have been gay but it wouldn't have made any difference to her if he was.

    The articles are in the Oregonian archives - pay per view, though.

    I've never understood why MP cases are ever investigated by an agency that isn't even in the state where they went missing. I wish they would revamp that and get everyone's cases to departments that are in a position to really investigate them.
     
  15. alllads

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    Hopefully! The potential match is too close not to be investigated, even if it's not a match. If the connection had been made back in the 80s... I mean, the remains were found across the street from where he was living.

    If none of the three contacts have provide any response, there's also the Grant County Sheriff (where John Day is). Since it's such a small county population-wise maybe they handle these things more centrally, or who knows. There are contact details here: http://grantcountysherifforegon.com/office/contact

    And just for reference her are contact details for John Day Police: http://www.cityofjohnday.com/CityStaff/Police/tabid/5099/language/en-US/Default.aspx
     
  16. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    Odyessy,

    Thanks so much for your help with missing people, and especially your research in Farren's case!

    Satch
     
  17. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I made a mistake here, this UID was found in 1981.
     
  18. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I got a response from an LE contact in Oregon.

    He said that a DNA sample was taken by the Oregon State Police, and as far as he knew it had been entered in the national database.

    He gave me a phone number and asked me to contact him, so I'm going to try calling him in a couple hours. I'm going to ask if there's any way to narrow down when he went missing (profile says May or June) and try to figure out what is needed to get him listed on NamUs...

    Any other questions I should ask?
     
  19. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Odyessy!

    Yes, there is vagueness in exactly when Ferren lost contact with his family. This thread says April, but some reports say May or June of 1980 as you state. I can't think of any questions to ask LE yet that are specific. I think the first thing that needs to be done is getting the month that Ferren went missing exact, and getting his name in the NamUs system. Than, the big investigation begins, getting Ferren's DNA sample and attempting to match it to the UID #3 in the article.

    Satch
     
  20. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    I just called and was told that he won't be in until Monday... so I'll try again then.
     
  21. alllads

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    Still, wow, great work! As for questions, I would be interested if they know about the unclaimed property/Farren's last known address being across the street from where UID was found? Also if there are any UIDs that he has been compared to and ruled out before?
     

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